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SGA Turns 100

10/06/2010

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Student Government Association (SGA) at MCLA.

Formed to facilitate, supervise and unify campus student governance, for the past century the SGA has provided a means for students to express themselves in professional and social environments, and has encouraged undergraduates to develop leadership skills.

In addition to learning how to balance a large budget, deal with internal conflict and work together in small and large groups, "SGA has helped me prepare for many other leadership roles I have held on campus," said Katie Collins '11.

"I learned parliamentary procedure in the SGA meetings and that made it an easy transition into boardroom meetings at the NEACURH (Northeast Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls) conferences over the last year," Collins said.

According to Ben Warren '11, students who are involved with SGA must have good organizational skills, have the ability to speak in public, and be able to work with others to accomplish a goal.

"If you all work together, you can achieve. And, this experience translates into the classroom or in organized sports - even in friendships or the work place," Warren said. "By participating in SGA, I learn more about my school, seeing issues that face MCLA and how it can affect the student population. I have a responsibility to be a voice for the student body that I represent."

As a member of the SGA, Natasha Rothrock '13 has the opportunity to speak in front of large groups of people.

"This is particularly beneficial for me because I plan on becoming a teacher. What I like best about my work with SGA is that I feel I have become a better and well-rounded person who can handle varying situations with more intelligence and grace than if I had not been a part of SGA," she said.

In addition, "The volunteer work I have done at SGA events lets me help MCLA and the community while allowing me excellent opportunities for self growth," Rothrock said. "I know that I have personally encouraged several students to come to different events and experience new things while having a good time instead of only going to their classes and spending the rest of their days in their dorms doing nothing."

Keifer Gammell, president of the class of 2011 and an SGA senator, said he has gained confidence through his involvement with the organization.

"Last year, as executive vice president of SGA, I was responsible for organizing the Sam Gomez race - a very challenging day to plan out. With the help of the SGA advisor, office manager and my peers, I was able to complete it and do a good job with it," Gammell said.

According to Collins, being a member of SGA has opened up her eyes to how the College works; giving her a new appreciation for all the administration does for MCLA students, as well as an understanding as to how much students can influence their decision making.

"Whether I continue on my track of a science career or go into student affairs, I know the skills I have learned from the organization and the people in it have made me prepared to face anything in my future," she said.